Rotherham Titans have named their side to face Yorkshire Carnegie in round five of the Greene King IPA Championship this Saturday at Clifton Lane, kick off 3pm.
Rotherham go into the clash on the back of an 18-8 victory over Richmond in the Capital, whilst Carnegie’s bonus point win over London Scottish at Headingley Carnegie, sees them arrive in South Yorkshire in fine form having made an unbeaten start to the season and nestled nicely in second spot in the table.
Ahead of the game and partly due to injuries suffered at Richmond, Rotherham have made seven changes to their starting line-up.
In a reshuffled backline a new half back combination of Will Robinson and Matt Dudman start as Will Goodwin moves to full back and Will Thomas switches on to the wing.
In the pack a whole new front row of Toby Williams, Joe Graham and Danny Herriott come in for Tom Williams (ill), Charlie Maddison and Joe Rees. In the back row Dan grange comes in at blindside for the injured Jack Ramshaw (shoulder) and at number 8 Tom MacDonald makes his debut for Buster Lawrence who injured his ankle at the Athletic Ground.
On the bench is Rotherham born James Sanderson; he’ll be hoping to make his Titans debut and play some part against the club where he was part of the academy system.
Commenting ahead of the match Titans Justin Burnell said, “There were some poor aspects about our play against Richmond, but what we’ve got to remember is they threw absolutely everything at us, they were at home and they’re not a bad side and on any given day we know anyone can beat anyone. So despite some mistakes we secured another win and that was the important thing.
“The Championship is a big learning curve for a lot of the players we’ve got this year, but I can’t fault their energy and commitment and that’s something that will carry us through this season.
“You look at the Carnegie team and it’s apparent for all to see the investment that’s been put in there. They have a lot of seasoned campaigners in there and whilst we are talking about young players and developing players to come through, they are in the fortunate position of having access into the funding stream they have. We all have different aspirations and Carnegie’s aspirations are to get Premiership rugby back into Yorkshire.
“We know they’ll present us with a stern test, they are a very physical side and we’ll have to meet fire with fire. We’ll have to set our platform and we’ll need to play in the right areas of the park and that will be important.
“We have some exciting players with ball in hand, we’ve just got to make sure we unleash them in the right areas and if we can do that then we are confident we can score points.”
15 Will Goodwin
14 Jack Hayes
13 Will Owen (Capt.)
12 Joe Barker
11 Will Thomas
10 Will Robinson
9 Matt Dudman
1 Toby Williams
2 Joe Graham
3 Danny Herriott
4 Toby Salmon
5 Tom Hicks
6 Dan Grange
7 George Oliver
8 Tom MacDonald
16 Charlie Maddison
17 Joe Hutchinson
18 Joe Rees
19 Miles Normandale
20 James Sanderson
21 Matt Walsh
22 Charlie Foley